Weilburg — Tunnel Town With A Crystal Cave

Most cities and towns in Germany are best enjoyed on the actual surface and rarely do you get to explore what’s actually underneath. Well, not so here in Weilburg as you can enjoy both the “up and flip” sides.

You’re probably wondering, what on Earth could I possibly be talking about? How could the underside of a thousand year old Hessian town be worth looking at?

In a word, Kristallh√∂hle, a German Crystal Cave that’s considered to be the largest of its kind in the entire country filled with stalagmites and stalagtites.

There are also three tunnels unique to Weilburg. Laid out right next to each other, each is used for its own function of shipping, driving, and the ultra-efficient railway. Well, there’s actually a fourth tunnel, opened to pedestrian traffic.

After some time wandering around underground head off in the other direction to Schloss Weilburg. Sitting high on the mountainside, you’ll be able to have a wonderful guided tour of this 14th century castle. At the castle’s Chancellery there’s a mining and local history museum.

This incredible looking castle has more than that going on, as the castle Garden Park is popular with just about everyone. It was once used as the hunting grounds of former Counts. It’s also where to go for the Schlosskonzerte, a series of concerts of classical music held throughout the summer.

For more castle fun, there are the Knight Games at the ruins of Castle Freienfels, which is held annually on or about May 1st. There’s an annual church festival, known as Kirmes, that’s been held in Weilburg since 1569.

Keep in mind, Weilburg’s Evangelical Church (built in 1763) is worth visiting anytime of the year. So is the Holy Sepulchre Chapel, modeled after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Weilburg is more than just your ordinary town, as you can enjoy it both topside and below. No matter what you choose to do, from visiting its Crystal Cave, to partying at a fun church festival, or taking a guided tour of its 14th century castle, you’ll remember it for a lifetime.

 

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